After losing Friday night to No. 23 Upper Iowa, the University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team was looking to rebound against Winona State.

    The Warriors started strong and held off the Golden Eagles in the third set to sweep the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon (14-25, 12-25, 22-25).

    Minnesota Crookston falls to 2-10 overall (0-4 NSIC), while the Warriors improve to 10-2 overall (2-2 NSIC).

Key Players
Minnesota Crookston

    Deaira Gresham, 12 kills, 35 total attacks, 10 digs
    Sydney Kruisselbrink, 5 kills, 8 total attacks, 14 assists
    Katie Lienemann, 16 digs

Set One

    The Warriors jumped out to a really quick start and led 3-0 after two-straight kills from Kate Masberg. Minnesota Crookston would get on the board with a Shelby Dunbar (Fr., MH, Fertile, Minn.) block.

    WSU would lead 6-1, before Sydney Kruisselbrink (Jr., S/DS, Rochester, Minn.) and Porsha Porath (So., OH, Windom, Minn.) had kills to help the Golden Eagles make it 6-5.

    The Golden Eagles would then trail 11-10, before the Warriors would go on a run. WSU led 19-13, before scoring five in a row to take a 24-13 lead and would put the first set away two points later.

Set Two

    Set two would be all Warriors from the start. Winona State would lead 13-2 in the sets first 15 points.

    The Golden Eagles would try to fight back in the second set and would get two kills from Deaira Gresham (Jr., OH, Maplewood, Minn.) to cut the lead to 16-6.

    The Warriors were able to hold off a Golden Eagles rally and win set two, 25-12.

Set Three

    The Golden Eagles showed resiliency in set three and got out to a fast start. Alyssa Thomas (Sr., DS, Marion, Iowa) helped the Golden Eagles start fast with a service ace.

    The Warriors would eventually take a 7-6 lead, before kills from Kruisselbrink and Gresham put the maroon and gold back on top 8-7.

    Winona State would score the next six out of seven points to move on top 13-9. Trailing 16-12, Minnesota Crookston would score three in a row led by Gresham, to move within one.

    Minnesota Crookston would tie it at 18 and 19, before the Warriors took a 21-19 lead. The Golden Eagles rally wouldn’t be enough in the third set as the Warriors finished off the Golden Eagles 25-22 to win set three and the match in three sets.

    Minnesota Crookston is back on the road next weekend at Northern State and MSU Moorhead. First serve between the Golden Eagles and Wolves is set for 6 p.m., on Friday night.

Upper Iowa match

    It was a match with yet another ranked team for the Golden Eagles volleyball team, this time with No. 23 Upper Iowa.

    The Peacocks fought off the Golden Eagles in three sets (21-25, 12-25, 16-25) to get their first win in conference play.

    With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 2-9 (0-3 NSIC). The win for the Peacocks improves their record to 9-2 (1-2 NSIC).

Key Players
Minnesota Crookston

    Porsha Porath, 7 kills, 29 total attacks, 9 digs
    Hannah Stark, 5 kills, 19 total attacks
    Lauren Wallace, 4 kills, 17 total attacks
    Katie Lienemann, 9 digs

Set One

    Minnesota Crookston came out of the gates as the better team in set one. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 4-1 lead, highlighted by kills from sophomore’s Hannah Stark (So., OH, Esko, Minn.) and Porsha Porath (So., OH, Windom, Minn.).

    Minnesota Crookston would extend their lead to 11-4, followed by two-straight attacking errors from the Peacocks.

    The Peacocks would fight back with five straight points to make it 11-9, but the Golden Eagles would fight back with two of their own to take a 14-10 lead.

    Minnesota Crookston would lead 16-12, before UIU would go on another 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 17-16.

    The Golden Eagles would tie it at 17 after a Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Sr., MH, St. Charles, Minn.) kill and again at 18 after a Peacock service error, their one of two in the first set.

    After the set was tied at 18, the Peacocks pulled away to win set one, 25-21.

Set Two

    Set number two would see the Peacocks play well and used a fast start to win 25-12.

    The Peacocks would get off to a quick 6-1 start, before the Golden Eagles used some more Peacock errors to get back in the set at 6-3.

    UIU would start to pull away and take a 20-8 lead, and would hold off a Golden Eagle rally to go up in the match, 2-0.

Set Three

    In set three, No. 23 Upper Iowa would get out to a blazing start. The Golden Eagles saw themselves trail 8-1 and eventually 14-2 in the third set.

    Trailing 22-11, Minnesota Crookston scored three in a row with back-to-back kills from Sikkink and Sydney Kruisselbrink (Jr., S/DS, Rochester, Minn.) to cut the lead to eight at 22-14.

    The Peacocks would hold off the Golden Eagles to win the final set 25-16 and the match 3-0.